The melodious sound of crashing waves echoes throughout every part of this spacious six-bedroomed family retreat. Auraliya’s design is reflective of relaxed tropical living; high roofs and louvered windows allow the air to circulate freely whilst the sociable, open-sided living and dining pavilions maximise the sea breeze and complement the spectacular ocean views. A statue of Ganesh, the Hindu elephant god, welcomes guests across the threshold and from each of the villa’s bedrooms, you can lie in bed and gaze over the pool, garden or sea.
The villa is designed for maximum relaxation. At the heart of Auraliya lies an inviting sky blue swimming pool whose fibre-optic colour-changing lights are magical come dusk as they reflect the stars emerging in the sky. Sunbeds languish on the expansive, sun-drenched lawn whilst soft cushions in the fan-cooled chill-out pavilion offer respite from the heat. Bose speakers fitted throughout the living areas can be connected to an iPod so you can listen to whatever music suits your mood. The sea-view bar on the fringe of the garden and the new alfresco lounge under the shade of coconut palms are perfectly placed for sipping sunset cocktails.
Auraliya is well set up for families; the shelves of the air-conditioned TV Room are stacked with movies, books and games, and each master suite is attached to a double or twin bedroom via a spacious shared bathroom. The villa also boasts direct access onto one of Galle’s most idyllic beaches featuring a lovely turquoise lagoon protected by an offshore reef that’s perfect for swimming. Turtles often pop their heads up from the surf and translucent crabs scuttle up and down the ribbon of soft white sand beach and hide in amongst the rocks. As well as having the run of the beach, there’s also a wide stretch of lawn behind the villa where kids can play football (goalposts can be erected), volleyball or cricket, and the staff will happily make up the numbers! The villa is also kitted out with body boards, fins, masks and snorkels.
The staff, led by the wonderful Sunny, are a highlight of the villa and anticipate your needs with smiles that are always bright and welcoming. The chef’s repertoire of home cooked meals is a lovely surprise (provisions on guest account) and all laundry is included in the villa rate. Experienced massage therapists and yoga teachers can visit you at the villa upon request and even a low country dance troupe can come and put on a private performance (charges apply).